MEP Urges to Switch Arsenal’s Game

Published May 17th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Member of European Parliament Chris Heaton-Harris said on Wednesday he is hoping to persuade UEFA to switch England's Euro 2000 clash with Germany from Charleroi to Brussels. 

Heaton-Harris, who represents the east midlands, fears the tiny Stade Communade in Charleroi is not suitable to stage the June 17 game. 

Leading crowd safety expert Dr Jim Dickie told the BBC in March that the ground was unsafe and would not be granted a safety license in Britain. 

And Heaton-Harris is convinced that concerns about the ground's safety should lead to UEFA switching the match to the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. 

"It strikes me as common sense to move the match," Heaton-Harris told Britain's Daily Express newspaper. 

"The views of Dr Jim Dickie were particularly interesting. He highlighted a number of areas about the temporary top tier in the ground and said there would be none of these problems in Brussels. 

"I don't think it is drastic to change the venue and I feel it is very prudent for Europe to get involved," -- LONDON (AFP) 

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